Meet Ashley Soliman & Whiskey Pants: The Mayor Of Williamsburg

Name: Ashley Soliman

What is your current project? Whiskey Pants: The Mayor Of Williamsburg

Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production?

HERE Arts Center!  It’s exciting to be in a space that supports emerging and offbeat productions.  Being in an actual theater has allowed us to flesh out our concept in various areas such as lighting, sound, and a real set.  And there’s dressing rooms!  I lucked out that so many costume pieces could be used from the original production.  It’s been fun to update the looks and create new ones for the fantasy world these characters inhabit.

What’s next for you?

No upcoming costume gigs as of now, but I am very much looking forward to having time to focus on some personal projects like drawings and textile-based works.   Also: wedding planning and crocheting some sweaters for the (hopefully) upcoming cold season.

What is the name of the last show you saw?

ABT’s “Whipped Cream” at Lincoln Center

Any advice for your peers?

Costume design ain’t easy but what in life is?  Keep an open mind and talk to people, especially industry vets.  I’ve sent many emails to strangers I admire and have been fortunate that many of them have been kind enough to help me out, whether it’s someone else they know or a list of places to contact.  No matter how crazy things get, I always enjoy seeing performers initial reactions to their costumes and watching the visuals coming together with the rest of the production – theater is a collaboration after all.  Last but not least, don’t be an asshole- you never know who you’ll meet or work with again.

Want More?

Website: http://www.terribleboogie.com

Instagram: @terribleboogie

 

Ashley Soliman is an artist, costumer, potato and nut aficionado, collector of objects, color fiend.  She graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a BFA in Printmaking / Fine Arts and currently works at the Jeff Fender School of Ladies’ Arts.  Special thanks to Team Whiskey, Samuel Gasner, and Henderson the cat.


Show Information:

DATES: September 28 – October 28; Wednesday – Saturday at 8:30PM/Saturdays & Sundays at 4:00PM

VENUE: HERE, 145 6th Ave. (Enter on Dominick, 1 Block South of Spring); For Tickets & Information: visit here.org or call 212-352-3101

TICKETS: $35/$50; http://here.org/shows/detail/1938/

https://themayorofwilliamsburg.com/

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Meet Serrana Gay & Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg

Name: Serrana Gay

What is your current project? Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg

Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production?

HERE Arts Center encourages and nourishes the creation of daring new work. Through their partnership we are able to further explore the environmental aspects of our show and nurture the development of our bizarre, exciting production. I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to develop Whiskey Pants with their support.

What’s next for you?

I am currently developing two new projects with Mind The Art Entertainment, the opera “The Vice of Berthe” and the dark operetta “Moonshine in b Minor”. I am also working on my first straight play, and  finishing my first novel “And She Exhaled”.

What is the name of the last show you saw?

Miss Saigon

Any advice for your peers?

Always be open to new opportunities and collaboration. Sometimes beauty can be found in the most unexpected places. Remember to act with integrity, treat people with respect, and ask to be treated with the respect you deserve. Creativity can only truly blossom from a foundation of understanding between team members. Don’t be afraid to put ego aside: theatre is a collaborative medium and the act of creating something together is bigger and more important than personal complexities.

Want More?

Website: http://www.mindtheartentertainment.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MayorOfWburg/

Twitter:  Company: @mindtheart Personal: @serranagay

Instagram: @mayorofwburg

 

Serrana Gay is the co-creator of “Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg” which is opening at The Here Arts Center on September 28th and won the Audience Favorite Award at FRIGID New York in 2015. She is also an Associate Producer at Mind The Art Entertainment and was their 2014 Artist in Residence. She holds a B.F.A in Acting with a Writing Minor from Ithaca College.

She is the writer of the children’s book “Fatty Fatty No Friends” and co-wrote the musical adaptation of the same name, which went on to win an Overall Excellence award at FringeNYC, was extended to the Fringe Encore Series in 2014, and then moved Off-Broadway in 2015 where it received a 2016 New York Innovative Theater Award Nomination for Best Musical. As a performer she appeared in La MaMa E.T.C.’s “The Dream Vault Cycle.”

Serrana is currently developing two new projects with Mind The Art Entertainment, the opera “The Vice of Berthe” and the dark operetta “Moonshine in b Minor”, while also working on her first straight play, and her first novel “And She Exhaled”.


Show Information:

DATES: September 28 – October 28; Wednesday – Saturday at 8:30PM/Saturdays & Sundays at 4:00PM

VENUE: HERE, 145 6th Ave. (Enter on Dominick, 1 Block South of Spring); For Tickets & Information: visit here.org or call 212-352-3101

TICKETS: $35/$50; http://here.org/shows/detail/1938/

https://themayorofwilliamsburg.com/

GRAND OPENING OF THE FLEA THEATER

GRAND OPENING OF THE FLEA THEATER
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Opening Performances
Thursday, September 28, 2017

On Thursday, September 28, 2017, The Flea Theater, the 21 year old off-off-Broadway theater known for “raising a joyful hell in a small space”, will joyfully unveil its new home at 20 Thomas Street.  The new performing arts center was designed by ARO, Architectural Research Office and built by Westerman Construction Company, and features three small theaters under one roof, each space with a unique design and multiple uses.

Activities will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, featuring Flea founders, Sigourney Weaver and Jim Simpson.  Also speaking will be government officials including Comptroller Scott Stringer, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs Tom Finkelpearl, Majority Leader of the City Council James G. Van Bramer and First District City Council Member Margaret Chin, all of whom were instrumental in getting this tiny off-off-Broadway theater a permanent home.  Also taking part in the official ceremony will be Flea Board Chair Linda Schupack and The Flea’s Artistic and Producing Directors, Niegel Smith and Carol Ostrow.

Says Ostrow, “The Flea has been working diligently for the past seven years to secure and build a permanent home for our company of artists.  Without the support of our city, state and yes even our federal government, as well as the generous contributions of many individuals, this dream would not have been possible.”

The morning ceremony is free of charge and the day’s celebration will continue with tours of the new space and light snacks until noon.

That evening, all three theaters in The Flea’s new home will be in action.  Starting at 5:30 in The Pete, the indoor/outdoor performance space named for the late seminal playwright, A.R. “Pete” Gurney, will be a new performance called Flea Fridays.   This interactive monthly happy hour cabaret series will feature new visions, solo performance and alternative performance artists, all exploring a single question.  For our inaugural Flea Friday, we tackle, “What does HOME mean to you?”

Following at 7:00 p.m. in The Sam, The Flea’s flexible black box theater named for legendary agent Sam Cohn, will be a preview performance of NSangou Njikam’s Syncing Ink, directed by Niegel Smith.  This coming of age hip hop musical explores the roots of hip hop and what it really takes to freestyle. And at 7:30 in The Siggy, The Flea’s basement theater named for Sigourney Weaver, will be the New York Time’s Critic’s Pick Inanimate, a play about a girl, a guy and a Dairy Queen sign.

Tickets to the evening’s portion may be purchased at http://www.theflea.org or by calling Charlie Madison at 212-226-0051, ext. 110.

 

Meet Walker Vreeland & From Ship To Shape

Name: Walker Vreeland

What is your current project? From Ship to Shape

Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production?

The Studio Theatre at Theatre Row. It’s a perfect fit because it’s a small intimate space: ideal for a candid, confessional autobiographical monologue about mental illness. Also, who wants to think about ‘projecting’ while they’re having a nervous breakdown on stage?

What’s next for you?

A mini-tour of From Ship to Shape and then hopefully, an extended Off-Broadway run.

What is the name of the last show you saw?

Indecent

Any advice for your peers?

Create your own work and get clear about who you are and the kind of work you want to do. There’s nothing more empowering for a performing artist than to have autonomy over your work, and to feel like your professional trajectory is intentional and purposeful as opposed to arbitrary. Of course it’s easier said than done, but instead of seeking validation from an external source, validate yourself with your own passion projects and the destiny that YOU are creating. Also, try to keep it all in perspective. Remember: you’re not dead.

Want More?

Website: http://www.fromshiptoshape.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/walker.vreeland
Twitter: @walkeronradio
Instagram: @walkervreeland
You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvfQ3PBo7G8

Walker Vreeland is an award-winning radio personality, producer, writer, actor, singer and voice over artist. As a radio personality, he is best known for having hosted The Afternoon Show on 102.5 WBAZ-FM in The Hamptons, and as the creator and host of the podcast Interview with the Artist where he has interviewed such stars as Cyndi Lauper, Joy Behar, Betty Buckley, David Brenner, Sally Struthers, James Frey, Paula Poundstone, Cheech Marin, Sandra Bernhard and Jane Krakowski. He’s also been heard on 92.9 & 96.9 WEHM on Long Island, 103.9 WFAS in Westchester, NY, 96.7 ‘The Coast’ in Norwalk, CT and WEBE 108 in Bridgeport, CT. As an actor and singer, Walker has worked extensively in theater, film and television. Off-Broadway: From Ship to Shape (United Solo Theater Festival). Other New York theater credits include: Little Women (workshop w/ Deborah Gibson & Elaine Stritch), The Other Dorothy, Erostratus, Just So Stories (Theaterworks USA) and the award-winning musical revue Our Life & Times (Winner of 1999 MAC and Bistro Awards). Regional: From Ship to Shape (New Works Festival at Bay Street Theater), Arthur’s Christmas (The Vineyard Playhouse). Touring: From Ship to Shape, A Christmas Carol, Phantom, Just So Stories. He’s been featured on MTV and VH1, and his films include: Sex Farce, Thinking Out Loud, and A Beautiful Mind. Graduate of Walnut Hill School for the Arts, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and Connecticut School of Broadcasting. From 2013 to 2016, Walker was voted #1 Personality in the Hamptons (Platinum Award) by Dan’s Papers.


Show Information: 

WHEN: Saturday, September 30 at 2pm – SOLD OUT
Monday, October 2 at 9pm – SOLD OUT
Wednesday, October 4 at 9pm

WHERE: United Solo Theatre Festival
The Studio Theatre at Theatre Row
410 W 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

TICKETS: https://www.telecharge.com/Off-Broadway/United-Solo-Festival-2017/Overview?&aid=ven000193900

**​​*When purchasing tickets via telecharge, please provide: the FESTIVAL name (United Solo Theatre Festival), and the specific DAY and TIME of FROM SHIP TO SHAPE: Wednesday, Oct 4 at 9pm

 

Meet Chloe Fox & Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg

Name: Chloe Fox

What is your current project? Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg

Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production?

HERE Arts Center: I think it fits our budget well and allows us to work with the immersive concept our directors have in mind easily.

What is the name of the last show you saw?

Groundhog Day

Any advice for your peers?

Pursue as many interests as you can, as far as you can. Even if they don’t end up being useful in your career (in your mind), you will end up a more well-rounded and interesting person.

Want More?

Website: chloefox.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChloeFoxOfficial/
Twitter: @chloe_the_fox
Instagram: @chloe_the_fox

Chloe Fox is a graduate of NYU Tisch (CAP21) and recently returned from touring with Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Lady of Ridicule, u/s Madame). Favorite credits include Morticia (The Addams Family, The Palace Theatre), Connie (Saturday Night Fever, Finger Lakes MTF), Rizzo (Grease, Theatre By The Sea), Bombalurina (Cats, Flat Rock Playhouse), and The Tempest, starring Sam Waterston and Jesse Tyler Ferguson (The Public’s Shakespeare in the Park: Ensemble, u/s Miranda). http://www.ChloeFox.com


Show Information:

DATES: September 28 – October 28; Wednesday – Saturday at 8:30PM/Saturdays & Sundays at 4:00PM

VENUE: HERE, 145 6th Ave. (Enter on Dominick, 1 Block South of Spring); For Tickets & Information: visit here.org or call 212-352-3101

TICKETS: $35/$50; http://here.org/shows/detail/1938/

https://themayorofwilliamsburg.com/

Meet Michelle Ireton & Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg

Name: Michelle Ireton

What is your current project? Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg

Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production?

HERE Arts Center. This is a very immersive piece, and having a space that allows us to stage the show as such and bring the audience into the action is so important to the overall experience and style of this musical. This isn’t the kind of show where you want a clear fourth wall kind of separation between actor and audience, and having a unique space where that line can get blurred will really impact the way people experience these characters and their stories.

What’s next for you?

I’ll let you know when I do!

What is the name of the last show you saw?

Indecent

Any advice for your peers?

Patience. Persistence. And then more patience.

Want More?

Website: http://www.michelleireton.com
Instagram: @baby_mireton
You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbQkCfUXonrObnUnjStiblg?view_as=subscriber

Michelle Ireton is explosively excited to be making her Off-Broadway debut with the company of Whiskey Pants. Michelle studied at Kent State University where she got her BFA in Musical Theatre and has been living the chaotic dream here in Manhattan ever since. The list of people who need thanking would never begin to fit in this bio, but a few honorable mentions include Mom and Dad, for their unconditional support; her friends and roommates, both past and present, for their exceptional tolerance; and Mind The Art Entertainment for this extraordinary experience. And Ricky, for his constant love and encouragement.


Show Information:

DATES: September 28 – October 28; Wednesday – Saturday at 8:30PM/Saturdays & Sundays at 4:00PM

VENUE: HERE, 145 6th Ave. (Enter on Dominick, 1 Block South of Spring); For Tickets & Information: visit here.org or call 212-352-3101

TICKETS: $35/$50; http://here.org/shows/detail/1938/

https://themayorofwilliamsburg.com/

Meet Caitlin Mesiano & Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg

Name: Caitlin Mesiano

What is your current project? Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg

Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production?

HERE Arts; The space is intimate and helps bring the audience into our world.

What’s next for you?

Can’t say yet!

What is the name of the last show you saw?

War Paint

Any advice for your peers?

Learn from watching others. Absorb as much as you can, but in the end it must come from You. “Anything you do, let it come from you. Then it will be new. Give us more to see.”

Want More?

Website: http://www.caitlinmesiano.com (under construction)
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/CaitlinMesiano/
Instagram: @caitlinmesiano
You Tube: Caitlin Mesiano (CMusic2729)

Caitlin Mesiano (Prudence/Abigail) is a whiskey enthusiast and therefore is Delighted to be making her HERE Arts Center Debut in Whiskey Pants! Regional: Sister Act (North Shore Music Theatre, Theatre By the Sea, St. Michael’s Playhouse); Beauty and the Beast and South Pacific (Gateway Playhouse); A Christmas Carol (John W. Engeman Theater); john and jen (The Theater Barn). Others: Jo in Little Women (Bob Jones University) and most recently, Little Red in Into the Woods with St. Petersburg Opera. BFA in Musical Theater from Pace University in Manhattan.


Show Information:

DATES: September 28 – October 28; Wednesday – Saturday at 8:30PM/Saturdays & Sundays at 4:00PM

VENUE: HERE, 145 6th Ave. (Enter on Dominick, 1 Block South of Spring); For Tickets & Information: visit here.org or call 212-352-3101

TICKETS: $35/$50; http://here.org/shows/detail/1938/

https://themayorofwilliamsburg.com/

Meet Stefanie Londino & Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg

Name: Stefanie Londino

What is your current project?  Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg

Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production?

The HERE Arts Center, beautiful, contemporary off-Broadway venues promote the concept that great art can be made anywhere, and invite audiences of the beaten path to discover gems like Whiskeypants that aren’t (yet) on the Broadway boards.

What’s next for you?

Our band, West Side Waltz’s NYC debut at Rockwood Music Hall. After being away for 9 months, I’m so excited to bring our sound back to the states. Also, spending the holiday season at home in New York! We were away on tour last year; very much looking to be home for Christmas.

What is the name of the last show you saw?

Indecent! (And while I confess it was on Broadway, it was the kind of innovative, truthful piece that is what’s best about live theater.)

Any advice for your peers?

Give your heart away every day. What are you saving it for?

Want More?

Website: http://www.stefanielondino.com, http://www.westsidewaltz.com
Facebook: facebook.com/stefanielondino
Twitter: @stefanieLondino
Instagram: stefanielondino
You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0CCi6MlRyx9-tFN15Pm5HA

Stefanie is a proud almost “real” New Yorker and University of Utah Actor Training Program alum who is excited to make her Mind The Art debut in The Mayor of Williamsburg at the HERE Arts Center! Credits include: Off-Broadway: What Do Critics Know? (The York Theater), Flak House (Actors Temple Theater). NY: Red Wine in Paper Cups (TheaterNOW), Midsummer…Dream (Titania). Regional: Pioneer Theater Co. (Romeo & Juliet, Dial ‘M’ for Murder), Salt Lake Acting Co. (Master Class, Too Much Memory), Much Ado…(Beatrice), Tristan & Yseult (Yseult). http://www.stefanielondino.com She also fronts a folk rock band: http://www.westsidewaltz.com


Show Info:

DATES: September 28 – October 28; Wednesday – Saturday at 8:30PM/Saturdays & Sundays at 4:00PM

VENUE: HERE, 145 6th Ave. (Enter on Dominick, 1 Block South of Spring); For Tickets & Information: visit here.org or call 212-352-3101

TICKETS: $35/$50; http://here.org/shows/detail/1938/

https://themayorofwilliamsburg.com/

Meet Hannah Ezzell and Chloe Treat & The Storytelling Project

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Name: Hannah Ezzell and Chloe Treat

What is your current project?

We are developing a workshop that empowers people as storytellers called, wait for it, The Storytelling Workshop. The workshop is a weeklong course that explores the relationship between human and story. Using the Hero’s Journey as a framework, the workshop’s participants generate a collective myth. This myth becomes the basis of the curriculum. Through the tradition of oral storytelling, the group develops empathy for different archetypes and perspectives. We practice seeing diversity in characters that are viewed in a singular or limited way, and using story as a conduit to confront issues in our own lives. We believe that we cannot have equality in our world until we see equality in our stories. The Storytelling Workshop’s solution to the disparity of story is to create and empower more storytellers with the aim of creating a more democratic storytelling world.

Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production?

There’s no particular venue or show on this project but we ARE looking for a community partner in NYC for The Storytelling Workshop. We have previously worked with high school students in San Antonio, TX, and with BFA students in Ithaca NY. In both previous versions of the workshop we were taken by surprise with how attached the group grew to this material and how much we learned about the community we were working with. This has driven us to seek new iterations of the workshop and we are so excited to bring it into a new community context.
  
What’s next for you?

We are seeking funding to bring The Storytelling Workshop back to Texas, to explore different facets of Texan culture. We are writing a Western fable called ‘Home Again’ (that was what were were TRYING to make when we happily stumbled upon The Storytelling Workshop) an epic female-centric journey story. We are interested in creating and reclaiming female-centric mythology and seeing how female heroes interact with the masculine structure of both the hero’s journey and the Western. We want to use The Storytelling Workshop as a means of better understanding archetypal Texans and how Texans use the lense of story to view their world.

What is the name of the last show you saw?

Chloe: The last three shows I saw were shows I worked on: Counting Sheep, (R)evolution of Steve Jobs and the closing performance of Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812. I guess I’m in a theatre going rut. But while I was in Santa Fe working on Steve Jobs I saw an amazing performance by a Ukrainian band called DakhaBrahka.

Hannah: I just saw The International Women Artists’ Salon monthly showcase at Dixon Place.
 
Any advice for your peers?
 
Chloe: This is the amazing singer/songwriter Grace McLean’s advice but it’s great so I’m sharing it. It is this: develop/seek/explore your weirdness. The thing that only you love. The thing that probably no one else cares about. That’s the path to follow. For me it was feminist westerns and I’m still not sure what’s going to come of that but it brought me to my most favorite collaborator (Hannah Ezzel) and this whole other project (The Storytelling Workshop) that I’m so excited about.

Hannah: Tell the stories that only you can tell, that wouldn’t get told if you didn’t tell them. Find stories within your family, your community, your heart and your bones – stories that are as old as dirt, yet feel like medicine for these times…forgotten stories that are still waiting to be shared, seen, and known. And don’t write alone. Throw out the trope of the mad, suffering genius, alone in a room…communal/collaborative storytelling is powerful. It creates more complex and layered work than what one person can create alone – a transformative model for the arts (and the world) moving forward.

Want More?

Website: http://www.chloe-treat.com/the-storytelling-workshop/

Facebook: Chloe Treat

Instagram: @theoveralltreat

Chloe Treat is a New York based director and choreographer. Born and raised in the great, if not occasionally problematic state of Texas; she directs and choreographs musicals, plays, operas, outdoor dance rituals and feminist Westerns. Chloe’s work centers on the curation and creation of modern mythologies, and investigates theater’s relationship to communal imagination. In her work, Chloe collaborates with rural communities and improves female representation on stage and within creative teams. Hannah Ezzell is a sacred storyteller, frequent scribbler, and sometimes filmmaker. She is currently developing a truth-telling and reconciliation process that integrates oral history, community storytelling, and conflict resolution. In addition, she engages in work ‘doctoring’ scripts to increase on-screen representation, challenging traditional/formulaic story conventions, tropes, and stereotypes. She also teaches meditation, cultivates spiritual experiences, and travels as much as humanly possible.


 

Show Information: 

Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about The Storytelling Workshop.

Martin Denton: A Conversation

mddbwJust in case you haven’t heard the news,  Martin Denton is closing up shop. He announced on August 31st that he and Rochelle are retiring from the business of theatre. Our community was in shock and sad but grateful and supportive. The Dentons have been an integral part of the independent theatre community for the last 20 years giving us the voice we so desperately needed and now definitely need.

Thank you for all you have done for our indie community for 20 years which is how long I have known of you! You and Rochelle have always been kind when we saw each other at shows. I also thank you for taking the time to chat with me.

I love everything about this statement: 1996 October – Martin Denton takes an Internet class and builds his first website, dedicated to his number one passion, the theatre. What was going on in the indie scene that sparked an interest in writing about the community?

Discovering the indie community actually came later for me. When I started nytheatre.com I was very much focused, like most people, on Broadway and off-Broadway. But I started getting invitations from smaller indie companies to review their work, and I learned that this was the work I preferred, because of the passion and risk-taking that seemed to always be inherent in it. So I made the indie community my niche, which I think was a great decision!

Where did the ideas of creating a small press and a media outlet come from?

In 1999 we saw a play called “Are We There Yet?” by Garth Wingfield at Synchronicity Space in SoHo. After the play I said to Rochelle, “That was a great play—it’s too bad that after it ends its 16-performance showcase that it will probably be forgotten. Someone ought to publish it.” And then, a few months later, we decided that WE would publish it, along with other excellent new plays from the indie theater world. We did it because it needed to be done, like so much of what we did along the way.

When and how did you connect with Elena and The NY International Fringe Festival? And how did you and your team manage to review every show?

I went to the very first FringeNYC in 1997 and loved it. The following year we reviewed it pretty extensively. In 1999, we decided to bring our first volunteer reviewers on staff and made an effort to review as much as we could (perhaps 40 or 50 shows all told). I don’t remember how we made the connection with the FringeNYC folks, but I do remember that I met John Clancy for the first time a few days before the ’99 festival, when we sat down for a few hours at the Present Company Theatorium and he went through the Program Guide with me. We just clicked with the FringeNYC folks; they became our theatrical home base. We got involved in many aspects of the festival over the years: did you know that I was the master of ceremonies of the Opening Ceremonies more times than anyone else?

As for doing the reviews of every show in the festival, as we did every year from 2002 through 2014: we did it because we had dozens of dedicated volunteers to make it happen. Each of them saw and wrote about a few shows and together we got the whole festival covered. I think they all did it because they believed in the underlying idea, that all of the shows deserved some feedback.

“Martin Denton, Martin Denton” written by Chris Harcum is a wonderful tribute to you and Rochelle. How did this charming story make it to the page then to the stage especially at the Kraine with Horse Trade?

We had dinner with Chris and his wife Aimee (who directed the play) about a year ago. At some point Chris remarked that the various anecdotes I was relating about earlier days of indie theater might make a good play, and he asked if he could create one. By about January he had a first draft, and then we were involved in fact-checking and so forth. The whole effort was entirely Chris and Aimee’s. They booked it at the Kraine, which I thought was a splendid and appropriate choice.

So what was the moment that made you say to yourself, “it’s time”.

It was when I realized there was something I wanted to do more than what I had been doing. For nearly 20 years, the NYC theater scene was the focus of almost all my energy and resources and love. But people change, and now I have discovered that I want to spend my days exercising parts of my brain that I didn’t engage with as much in the past. I am becoming a maker, particularly of Lego creations. I am writing about what I am discovering on my new blog, Second Childhood. And we’re starting a little online Lego business as well.

What are your thoughts on the future of the indie scene in New York City?

I think that there are always going to be amazing, ambitious, talented artists coming onto the scene, who will morph and evolve it as their needs and desires see fit. It’s a much tougher place to work in than it used to be, mostly because, as someone famously said, the rent is too damn high. But that won’t stop these folks from making art, and I wish them well. Oscar Hammerstein II wrote in Cinderella: “Because these daft and dewy-eyed dopes keep building up impossible hopes, impossible things are happening every day.” He was right.

Do you know how much you will be missed?

That’s a sweet question. The people we worked with over the years have actually done a pretty wonderful job of making that kind of clear, in emails and Facebook posts.

Any words of wisdom?

Do what you care about. Do what matters to you. Don’t wish that things were different, just make each moment be as close to how you want the world to be as you can. And, quoting Yoda: Either do or do not; there is no try.

One more question! I am sure you observed the ebbs and flows of the scene. What were some high points and low points in your observation?

A low point: that too many wonderful artists spend their time on social media posting about what they’re feeling rather than creating art (for example, a play) about what they’re feeling.

Too many high points to name, but a couple come to mind. One was how the community came together in a meaningful, tangible way to help each other after 9/11. Another was how the community organically evolved in the early 2000s to embrace diversity (in terms of gender identity, sexual identity, race, religion, ethnicity, etc.). There is more to do, but I loved how it just seemed to spring forth without any organizing or lobbying right after 9/11.